I bought an air fryer on a whim, and it sat in a box for months. I finally decided it was about time to make something and since it was apple season… well, you can see where this is going. Not only are apple chips a tasty, healthy-ish snack, they also make super cute seasonal cake, pastry and cocktail decorations! I first learned how to make them while I was an intern in pastry school, using the residual heat of the oven overnight to dehydrate them. This takes significantly less time and yields similar results. I’m sold. A few notes: All air fryers are different and depending on the thickness of the apples, they may vary in time cooking. Also, I highly recommend using a mandolin. They yield consistent, thin slices that I just can’t achieve with a knife. Lastly, pick an apple breed with crisp flesh, so they don’t mush while being sliced or cooked. I used Gala.

Makes 2 – 4 servings


  • 2 medium, crisp apples
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon


  1. Slice the apples using a mandolin and places them in a bowl. Lightly toss with sugar and cinnamon to taste.
  1. Place apples in a single layer as best as possible in the air fryer basket. Cook at 350˚F for 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes until they reach the desired crispiness. Allow to cool before using. Store in an airtight container for a few days, but warning! They will start to lose crispness after each day.


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AnnMarie Mattila
AnnMarie Mattilahttps://pastryathome.com
AnnMarie Mattila is a writer for Pastry Arts Magazine, as well as a freelance baker and pastry chef in New York. She has a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University and is also a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education.

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